What is Reiki?

Reiki, is a Japanese word pronounced as ‘ray-ki’ is a beautiful form of energy healing that relaxes, boosts the immune system and re-balances and recharges a person on all levels – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The same subtle form of energy flow is often felt by those who practice meditation and prayer.

The ‘Rei” part of Reiki can be translated as Universal, Divine, God-force or foundation of all that is, while the ‘Ki’ part can be translated as the life force we all have within us.

Ancient knowledge and historical texts often speak of a life force that flows through us. The word for this life force appears in many languages i.e. ‘Chi’ in Chinese, ‘Mana’ in Hawaiian and ‘Prana’ in Hindi.

A Reiki practitioner channels Divine, life force energy by using a hands-off-healing technique that works on balancing and re-energising the natural energy flow inside the body. By charging the body’s own immune system and increasing the flow of energy, the body can become strong enough to increase its’ own natural ability to heal itself.

The life force flowing within and around the physical body nourishes the organs and cells and supports them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body.

Free-flowing life force energy is significant to our well-being and health. It is important to note that this energy is responsive to all our thoughts and feelings. Our life force becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy fields and cause a disruption in the flow of life force energy. Once this happens, it greatly diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body.

Although widely respected as a “complementary” therapy, Reiki should not be considered as an alternative to traditional medical intervention. Scientific research into the benefits of Reiki has been inconclusive, partly due to the difficulty of separating out the “placebo” effect. That is, the “healing” feeling that clients perceive cannot be accurately identified as coming directly from Reiki. Clients do, however, report Reiki as being beneficial, especially regarding general well-being, relaxation and stress and tension related issues.

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